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Sgt. John Cooley retired in 2001 after 30 years of service with the Los Angeles Police Department. As the Officer-in-Charge of LAPD’s Employee Assistance Unit from 1992 until his retirement, he served as the department’s Funeral Coordinator, among other responsibilities. He is a Certified Bereavement Facilitator and developed his expertise in coordinating law enforcement funerals through managing 18 line-of-duty funerals for LAPD, plus 3 for other California agencies (Simi Valley, Pomona, and Palos Verdes Estates) in addition to over 60 LAPD funerals for active officers. He also assisted the Los Angeles City Fire Dept. with a multiple-victim funeral.

He is experienced in managing police funerals for active and retired personnel of all ranks, civilian employees, and special circumstances or needs (suicides, AIDS, females, memorials only, multiple deaths, specialized units — SWAT, Motors, etc.)

He offers his services as a private contractor for a reasonable fee to cover his time, travel/lodging, and basic out of pocket expenditures. He also assists agencies with developing funeral protocols and personnel training. He is the co-author of the soon-to-be-released Planning for the Unthinkable: A Law Enforcement Funeral Planning Guide.

For consultations, speaking engagements or additional information, John is available 24 hours a day at: (805) 522-4861

Visit John's Blog: www.Honoringthefallen.blogspot.com


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John C. Cooley
Certified Bereavement Facilitator
(805) 522-4861

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